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Restaurant Day

Restaurant Day

The Restaurant Day is a global phenomenon that sprouted from Finland about two years ago and keeps growing with more and more "street restaurants" taking part. Will you find the funniest instant restaurant of the day?
Meet Pekka – the Design Fan in the Wild

Meet Pekka – the Design Fan in the Wild

Deep into Lapland, there is a place where top Finnish design can be seen right at the source of this inspiration: Design House Idoli is an extraordinary design studio and showcase. Its creator, Pekka Sillfors explains why.
Ski Lapland

Ski Lapland

The round fells of Finland’s main ski area, Lapland, offer varying terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.
The unexpected allure of Lapland

The unexpected allure of Lapland

Fall in love with the winter wilderness and it could completely change your life. Pasi Ikonen is a prime example of what the pull of Lapland can do. A nine-to-five working week in central London was left far behind when...
Mad about arctic winters

Mad about arctic winters

Some people prefer winter to summer and reindeer herder Nils-Matti is one of them. Finnish Lapland is immense. It covers an area larger than the whole of Portugal, but the concept of Lapland is even larger. Many tourists think that...
A refreshing dip in icy water?

A refreshing dip in icy water?

Believe it or not, swimming in a hole in the ice really does you the world of good. ‘Eek!’ ‘No way!’ ‘You Finns are nuts!’ These tend to be the first unenthusiastic reactions of tourists faced with the prospect of...
Lakeland

Lakeland

Taking a trip to Lakeland is like taking a trip into the heart of Finnish identity. One of the most important birthplaces of the Finnish identity are the deep green forests, the rolling hills and fells, and the glittering lakes that cover most of central Finland.
Hymn for Cottage Life

Hymn for Cottage Life

The cottage is an institution in Finland. In the holiday seasons, Finns flock to the countryside for quietness and relaxation at cosy hideouts.
Into the Wild by Bike

Into the Wild by Bike

Plenty of gradients and the terrain varies from bare rock and undulating sandy ground to ancient spruce forests with tree roots and gravel ridges – perfect for taking it to the max.
Winter

Winter

During January and February, there is almost always snow in northern and eastern Finland. Even if there’s little snow in Helsinki, there’s often up to a metre or more on the slopes in Lapland. The snow season in northern Finland...
Summer

Summer

On a fine summer day, Finns have an overwhelming urge to get outside and get out of town. During the week, when the sun is warm, they are eating lunch at a sidewalk café, sunning in the park, bicycling home...
Spring

Spring

Summer is short in Finland and spring is even shorter. In southern Finland there is often snow on the ground at the beginning of April, with a few crocuses poking their heads through the bare patches. In May everything is...
Autumn

Autumn

Summer ends with an explosion of colour in the forests. This is the season known as ‘ruska’, when the autumnal reds, browns and yellows are especially beautiful on the fells of Lapland. September is also a popular time for trekking...
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